50 Cent Vs Jay Z Fif Says It Was Tough Competing With Beyonce
When an artist competes with Jay Z , most times it doesn't end well for the other guy, but 50 Cent explains his competition with Hov is necessary.
'You need someone to work off; everybody does, wherever you're at. It doesn't always have to be negative. I'm happy where I'm at, so why wouldn't I be happy where he is,' Fif said on Monday night when he took part in a special town hall-style interview that aired on SIRIUS XM's Shade 45 .
During the hour-long sit-down, Fif referenced Hov on two different occasions. First he reflected on Jigga's initial retirement from rap after 2003's The Black Album , something 50 insinuates he had a little something to do with.
'You gotta say, 'Where was Jay Z from 2003 to 2006?' I sold 23 million records between 2003 and 2006. He stopped making music and said I'm gonna go be the president of a record [company]. Like I quit,' the G-Unit CEO said, while fielding fan questions and playing new tracks from Animal Ambition , out June 3.
Fif then pointed to the success that Jay's wife Beyoncé experienced, and grouped her individual success as a win for the couple. 'When he signed the Beyoncé contract and was like, 'Yeah men lie, women lie, numbers don't.' That sh-- is a tough one to beat,' 50 said before laughing and singing the infamous 'uh-oh' portion of Bey and Jay's 2003 single 'Crazy in Love.'
'I can't really get with it. When she start doin' that I was like 'God damn, he done went and got breasts,''' Fif said jokingly.
The back and forth between Jay Z and 50 began in 1999 after Fif name-dropped Hov on his dis song 'How to Rob.' Jay responded with a lyric at Hot 97's Summer Jam when he rapped to the crowd 'I'm about a dollar what the f--k is 50 cents?'
Since then, the relationship has been touch and go. 50 toured with Jay in 2003 and 2007. Jigga appeared on a remix to Fif's 'I Get Money' single. So while they don't have anything close to a rap beef, 50 does acknowledge their individual desires to win.
'First time I worked with an artist outside of New York was UGK, Bun B and Pimp C. So that was in '98. We did a song called 'As the World Turns,' it was a pimp record and then after I got shot, Jay did 'Big Pimpin',' 50 pointed out.
'I don't know where he got the idea from? I don't know, maybe if my record was like a pimp record maybe he got the idea from me, but I don't know where he got the idea from,' he continued with a heavy dose of sarcasm.
You can catch a replay of 50 Cent's Town Hall on SIRIUS XM's Shade 45 on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET and Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET